Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

New fire stations coming to Valrico, Brandon

BRANDON — Several new fire stations will be coming to the area in the next few years, with one opening near Primrose School of Bloomingdale by next summer, county officials said.

Construction on the new fire station on Bloomingdale Avenue between Hurley Road and Springvale Drive will begin in August, said Tim Donahue, facilities manager for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

The new station will be an upgrade and replacement for Station No. 7, about 2 miles down Bloomingdale Avenue near John Moore Road. The building, which is more than 40 years old, was originally staffed by volunteers, Donahue said.

The station is a substantial upgrade from the old location, said Joshua Bellotti, director of facilities operations and maintenance for the county. The new building will be about 9,000 square feet and will have three fire truck bays.

But those who have seen the sign advertising a new station on Oakfield Drive near Pauls Drive have a wait before construction begins.

"More than likely, it will be a couple years before this building goes up," Donahue said. "It is part of our long-range planning, and will be a new station, not a replacement station, to help with response times in the central Brandon area."

The station is part of a master plan fire rescue has had in effect since 2003.

While the building itself is part of the plan, Donahue said county commissioners would have to approve additional man power and the purchase of additional equipment.

A construction contract was recently awarded to replace Station No. 25, south of Plant City, Donahue said. Similar to the station on Bloomingdale, construction will begin in August with a projected end date of next summer.

Contact Caitlin Johnston at [email protected] or (813) 661-2443. Follow @cljohnst.

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